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Technology-Enriched Learning Environment (TELE) program

  • Web-Enhanced Digital Learning

    The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) uses a wide range of learning technologies to enhance the educational experience, inspire innovative teaching and foster your success. Since computing technology is an integral part of today's workplace, graduates of FEAS will have the highly-valued computer experience and skills that are needed to have fruitful and productive careers. The use of such learning technologies also facilitates high-quality research and professional practice.

    Digital learning pervades virtually all courses and activities at our university. Our faculty members integrate technology-enriched learning in lectures, tutorials and labs to encourage success. Students use email, online discussion groups and other chat forums to communicate with peers, faculty and experts in their area of study. In addition, you can use your laptop to obtain digital resources from our campus library through its 24-hour off-site access.

    Each course at our university employs Blackboard technology as a course management system. You can log on to a respective Blackboard-based class site to access various course-related materials, including lecture notes, assignments, quizzes and sample spreadsheets. You also have confidential access to test and assignment results, as well as class notice boards, via Blackboard Learn 9.1.

  • Laptop computers for Students

    There are two different TELE Models for engineering students, depending on what year of studies you are in. If you are a year 1 student in 2019-2020, you are part of the BYOD Tele Model. If you are a year 2+ student in 2019-2020, you are part of the Laptop TELE Model.

    BYOD TELE Model

    All students participating in the BYOD TELE model will receive class software through the university’s software portal and software support located in the Library. Additional services include rental laptops, general use workstations, onsite laptop repairs, laptop standards, and suggested devices to aid in acquiring the right laptop. To review details visit the BYOD TELE model page.

    To find out more about the BYOD TELE Model for incoming first-year students, watch this video:

    Laptop TELE Model

    All students participating in the Laptop TELE model will receive a laptop preloaded with specific software based on their program of study as well as extensive technical support. To review details visit the Laptop TELE model page.

  • TELE Program Fee

    The annual hardware and software fee for full-time students is available from the IT Services, and is considerably less than a retail purchase of comparable equipment, software and services over the same time period. Printing services up to 1,000 prints and insurance are provided at no additional cost. The laptop fee qualifies for the tuition tax credit.

  • Software

    FEAS student software is program-specific, and available for download through the software portal. You can find more information about the software portal here. Specialized software used by FEAS students includes Siemens PLM NX, Matlab, and Maple.


    NX for Siemens PLM is a computer-aided design (CAD) package that is particularly effective for 3D solid modelling. You will begin using NX in your first year of studies in your engineering graphics and design course. NX is extensively used as a design tool in various industries, including manufacturing, mechanical and automotive. Knowledge of NX and general CAD skills will help you obtain meaningful co-op and internship placements, and a successful career.


    Matlab is a computing language that makes it easy to express and solve engineering and scientific problems. It provides a platform for technical computing, modelling and simulation. You will begin utilizing Matlab (student version) in first-year courses such as linear algebra.

    Through Matlab, you will be able to quickly grasp the basic concepts of technical computation. The university's high-tech environment allows you to download Matlab based lessons onto your laptop and follow the professor’s in-class demonstrations.

    Matlab can be used to solve challenging problems and accelerate innovation in automotive, aerospace, communications, biotechnology, electronics and other industries, and improves student preparation for careers in industry.
  • Education Technology in Learning

    Our university’s Teaching and Learning Centre provides key support and training to faculty for the use of educational technology in the classroom. The Teaching and Learning Centre also helps to ensure that the greatest possible range of tools and facilities are available to provide you with a rich learning experience.

    Most courses you will take in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) are being taught using leading-edge tablet computers. This hardware allows faculty members to write and draw on the screen of their computer during the actual lecture presentation, and have the notations appear immediately on a projection screen.

    The lectures, along with the notations, can be saved to disk and to the course website for you to easily access. Because in-class notes can be saved and made available online, you are freed from frantically writing for the entire lecture and can focus on learning. If you need clarification on a problem, the professor can simply scroll back, whereas on a blackboard, the problem may have already been erased.

    By combining the computing power and wireless connectivity of a laptop with the portability of a pad of paper, tablet computers are particularly useful for mathematical text notations and diagrams, and are proving to be immensely effective in areas such as design and engineering.